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    Distance from gas meter

    I looked at a job today and the existing residential meter base is sitting diretcly above the gas meter. Isnt it required to be 5' from the gas meter?

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    That is a Utility co. standard, here "PG&E" wants 36" from the two.

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    The requirement used to be 3' from a/c or heat pumps. I heard that locally that requirement is gone. I bet the utility would say something about the gas meter under their meter.

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    As far as I know, the NEC has no requirement OTHER THAN, not "directly over". 110.26 would make that a violation: (3) Height of Working Space. The work space shall be clear and extend from the grade, floor, or platform
    At my age, I'm accustomed to restaurants asking me to pay in advance, but now my bank has started sending me their calendar one month at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augie47 View Post
    As far as I know, the NEC has no requirement OTHER THAN, not "directly over". 110.26 would make that a violation: (3) Height of Working Space. The work space shall be clear and extend from the grade, floor, or platform
    Gus, does that refer to meters which are generally the poco's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GG View Post
    I looked at a job today and the existing residential meter base is sitting diretcly above the gas meter. Isnt it required to be 5' from the gas meter?
    In my area the POCO requires 3' minimum from the supply side of gas meter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
    Gus, does that refer to meters which are generally the poco's.
    nope... not in this area anyway.,.,.. caught me as I said in a "dumb statement" thread.."watch me".... I just rejected an outside panel over a gas meter and my mind was there instead of on the thread as it should be.... sometimes it takes side trips..
    At my age, I'm accustomed to restaurants asking me to pay in advance, but now my bank has started sending me their calendar one month at a time.

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    Well the owner said the city inspector came out and saw the meter base directly above the gas meter and said "its fine". I can also reach up and touch the service conductors, if I wanted to. I guess thats fine as well? #8 wire running to a ground rod secured with a romex connector. I guess thats also fine. I think this owner is trying to hose me.

    I told him unless we do it right then Im not interested what the inspector claims to have said was "ok". Meter base is also over 7' off the ground. Its a new GE indoor panel and looks like a handyman put the panel in for cheap and now the owner wants to flip the house and wants it done cheap. Good luck.

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